Bush Dragons & Loads of Toads


The anole – just like the one you can buy in a pet store – is native to Texas and other parts of the southeastern U.S. Over the past few years, a few of them have decided that my yard is worthy of becoming their home. I call them Bush Dragons. To me, they look a little like tiny dragons. I have not yet found their hoard, but I’m certain it’s around here somewhere.

This spring in North Texas we had an abundance of rain. While the rain has all but quit for the summer months, the results of that rain are still around.


I think they’re toads. They certainly resemble what I would call a “normal” toad, but they are very small. The wife and I call them “micro-toads” since they are so small.

I guess the rain allowed for an abundance of “romantic destinations” this spring for what I thought was a meager toad population. We now have a significant amount of these miniature toads in the area. Go figure. I counted over a dozen in the backyard this morning.

With the rains subsiding for the summer, we are watering the back yard every other evening to keep the garden and plants in good condition. That is probably why I have so many in the yard. Toads tend to like damper areas, and we are providing that kind of environment. I certainly don’t mind having them around. They eat bugs (hopefully as many damned mosquitos as possible). Maybe they will help keep the bad bugs from the garden and other plants.

It’s nice having a bit of Nature in my backyard.

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5 thoughts on “Bush Dragons & Loads of Toads

  1. The anoles are rad! Sadly all I get here are geckos. Though they have their charm too and they eat mosquitos, so we have a peace treaty. 🙂 As for the toads, maybe a variety of tree frog? They’re usually tiny and show up where it’s damp. One once perched itself up on my kitchen faucet and refused to go anywhere for quite a while, go figure. Take care!

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    1. We have geckos here, too. In fact, we have them around all the time. I guess that’s why I don’t mention them. The anoles and toads are a bit more of a novelty.
      No, I’m pretty sure they are just average American toads or some southern/southeastern US variety of toad. They are ground pounders only. We have tree frogs here, but they are much more scarce in Texas than where I used to live. Having a frog in the kitchen could be entertaining for me, at least… not so much for my wife, I bet 😉
      Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Ha. I wasn’t thrilled to have a frog in my kitchen either, I’m with your wife. After waiting for it to leave on its own, I did the adult thing and called my dad to come pick it up and put it outside. No frogs were harmed, and I got my kitchen back (I refuse to harm any harmless creature, but that doesn’t mean I want them as roommates).

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  2. Hey Mr. Green Thumb! Nice going. I am pouring water to my garden like crazy right now as this drought and heat wave continues on. Not Texas heat I know, but to us poor Canucks, it is a chore to survive. Bring on the snow. Well, not really. No anoles way up here, BTW. Have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. Most of the credit goes to my wife for the greenery. I put most of my work in at the beginning… hauling dirt, filling pots, tilling, etc. etc.
      Hot is a relative thing for sure. I still have never gotten used to the heat down here. I probably never will.
      The weekend was not bad at all. Hope yours was good, too. Thanks for the comment and like.

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